Thursday, May 28, 2009

Veggie Guinness Chili

What to do with the rest of the Guinness can tragically going flat in my fridge after
last night's cake? What to do, what to do...

After a few minutes of trolling recipes for something stout-y, I quickly realized that any dish relying on this Irish-est of Irish beers would have to be equally Irish itself. Which left us with two main ingredients: beef and potatoes. Strikes one and two. Cabbage? Three, and out.

Luckily, there are some really weird people out there -- and I mean really weird -- that get eerily excited about consuming beer at every possible hour of the day, in whatever form, flavor, or freaky combination they can dream up. I chose conservatively from their creations, and ended up with a pretty robust bowl of a tomatoey soup-like concoction that David has been praising for days. Thought I might as well share, in case you wanted Guinness for dinner and dessert.

Our version was vegetarian, meaning we chopped up and simmered a random assortment of veggies from the fridge, but you could easily start it by browning some meat and building from there.

Vegetarian Guinness Chili
(serves 4, or 2 people for 2 days; total time about 45 minutes)

1 small onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic
*1 small potato (we used sweet), diced
*4-5 mushrooms, thick sliced
*1 cup cauliflower florets
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup Guinness
1 cup veggie broth
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
lots and lots and lots of black pepper
Toppings: cheese, sour cream, green onions

  1. In a hefty pot, saute your vegetables in about 1 Tbsp of oil, until they start to color, about 8 minutes. Add flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in beer, tomatoes, broth, and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer 20-30 minutes, until vegetables are tender and stew has thickened.
  2. Add salt and lots of pepper; feel free to also use chili powder, Tobasco, or some other heating agent to spice things up. Top with cheese/sour cream/onions if desired.

* So, we used the vegetables we had on hand, including a cob of corn that I cut the kernels from and threw in at the last minute. Tasty. Don't feel bound by this list of veggers. Use whatever you can/have/want/like.

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